We did eventually get to go to the real West Texas Fair and Rodeo and we couldn't have planned it for a better day. It was cool, sprinkling on and off, and the place was empty! I have never before seen the zipper with only one person on it and no one else in line. The workers were begging us to get on their particular rides and we actually made some deals with them. Elliott would tear off some tickets and hand them to the guy and say, "Is this enough for all of us?" and the guy would wave us all on. We made out pretty well. That is, until you realize we spent an ungodly amount of money on carnival rides that took an afternoon to put together and food-like substances that made us continually hungry no matter how much we consumed. Here are some of the highlights...
The petting zoo was our first stop. Why my kids are fascinated with goats I'll never know. They're a dime a dozen where we live. Go figure.
Remember that face that Anna is making. You'll see it again.
Right about now is where John started to learn the fine art of swindling. He brought some of his own money so it really hit home this time!
I'm not even sure what to say about this. I guess the Dumbo ride didn't live up to their expectations.
Did I mention that we came home with three goldfish?
The place was so deserted, April helped herself to the Ring of Fire.
There's that face again on Anna.
April loved the Tilt-a-Whirl!
Anna and that face again.
The artwork on some of the rides is just stunning.
Now let's be honest. This is what we really came for. I love the way my husband looks under the fluorescent lights of the funnel cake stand. Sigh.
The fair is a place where we leave the cares of the world and our concerns about HFCS at the gate.
See you next year!